You might have heard the word phytonutrients, also called phytochemicals, in the news or in advertisements. Although these words may sound complicated, “phyto” simply means plant, and phytonutrients are nutrients found in plants. They're the chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their brilliant colors. For example, anthocyanins give blueberries their blue hue, and beta-carotene makes carrots orange. Each different phytonutrient helps to keep you healthy in different ways. Some prevent cancers, while others give you healthier skin.
To get all the different benefits from your food, try to eat foods from all the different color groups. Visit SuperKids Nutrition, www.superkidsnutrition.
com/sckids/plant-power.php, to learn more about phytonutrients. It will show you a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and has info on how they keep you healthy. With coloring pages, activities, tips and more, this site makes nutrition fun and delicious.
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